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UConn victims considering options after filing complaint against school

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Seven former and current students at the University of Connecticut said they were sexually assaulted and feel that UConn turned its back on them.

The women, who are represented by high-powered attorney Gloria Allred, filed a complaint under the federal Title IX law, which protects students from sexual discrimination in any education program that receives federal aid.

"The officer told me, 'Women need to stop spreading their legs like peanut butter or rape is going to keep happening until the cows come home,'" said Kylie Angell, who is a current UConn student.

Angell said she was told the student was expelled but saw him a few days later in the dining hall.

The complaint was filed with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights on behalf of the students.

"The United States Department of Education may take a while before they make a decision, regarding if they will open an investigation or not," Allred told Eyewitness News. "Regarding next steps, we are considering all our legal options and I cannot comment on what we are considering." 

Eyewitness News went to the UConn campus police to ask about the complaint and what security measures were being put in place. No one was available for comment.

However, campus police did provide Eyewitness News with an annual security and fire safety report from last year.

The university has a number of emergency call boxes on campus and better lighting and cameras on some of its walking trails. On Tuesday, the university hosted a conference on violence against women.

Many students said UConn has orientation meetings for new students where they talk about violence against women.

"I personally think it's not the entire department," said UConn junior Ashley Kellaher. "It may be one or two police officers where they may have a bias."

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